Advocacy is a way to help people who may not be able to tell others what they want.

An advocate gets to know your views and wishes and gives you support to tell others what these are.

Family and friends or health and social care staff can help you to speak up but it may be difficult if you have different ideas about what you want.

An independent advocate helps you to:

• Express your views and concerns
• Access information and services
• Explore choices and options
• Defend and promote your rights and responsibilities

They speak for you without judging you or giving you their views and opinions.

Advocacy support for carers is provided by Dorset Advocacy  Telephone 01305 251033 / 07854 154948

If the person you care for would like an advocate to speak on their behalf contact Dorset Council on 01305 221016.